MARGARET CHIWANZA

Is the CEO of MECOPP.

I joined MECOPP in 2013 as a registered care manager and took a short break to gain other experiences elsewhere prior to re-joining the organisation in 2017.

I have over 20 years experience of working in health and social care both in England and Scotland. My professional background is in nursing, project development and management. My educational background is varied, having gained a degree in nursing and another in palliative care at the University of Worcester, I then went on to undertake post graduate studies in strategic communications and public relations at Queen Margaret University.

I have the overall responsibility for the organisation and I truly believe in MECOPP ethos. I’m very much committed to delivering successful outcomes to all our stakeholders.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, going to the gym, cinema or theatre and attending live music shows.


Email: margaret@mecopp.org.uk

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SUZANNE MUNDAY

Is a MECOPP Associate.

I joined MECOPP as Director in 1999 having previously worked with VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) as a development worker. Prior to that, I worked with young people and adults with learning disabilities. My educational background is varied, having gained a degree in Peace Studies from the University of Bradford. I then went on to train in communications, advertising and marketing before undertaking post graduate studies in community education and community care. I was Vice Convenor of Lothian and Border's Police Lay Advisor Scheme and currently a member of the Scottish Court Service Equality Advisory Group. I have also been appointed as a Trustee of Age Scotland.

Email: suzanne@mecopp.org.uk

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ASHIAY MOHAMMED SHAFIQUE

Is the Dementia Link Worker

I started working at MECOPP as a South Asian Carers Development officer 10 years ago, In January 2015 I started a new role as Dementia Link Worker for the 'Jeevan' Project, supporting South Asian people who have a been diagnosed with Dementia. I previously worked with the Pakistan Society Advice and Information Service as a caseworker. Before my passion for advocacy developed, I worked with YWCA as a youth worker, which gave me the opportunity to travel around Europe participating in a Human Rights and Citizenship courses. My role at MECOPP has gradually developed - through different opportunities I have been given in the form of exciting projects and outings. I would say I haven't had a dull day yet! In my spare time I enjoy travelling and spending time with my daughter and son.


Email: ashiay@mecopp.org.uk

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CALLUM OGDEN

Is the manager of the Gypsy/Traveller Carers’ Project.

I  joined MECOPP in October of 2017 to manage the established Gypsy/Traveller Carers Project across Scotland. I am from Arbroath originally but have lived and worked in Edinburgh for the last few years.  I studied Scots Law at the University of Dundee, graduating in 2009. Following this I went on to study a Master’s Degree in Social Work, graduating in 2013. 

Since leaving university I have worked for third sector advice and information charities such as Shelter Scotland where I worked as a Housing Advice specialist, and Citizens Advice where I coordinated advice services in Edinburgh. Most recently before joining MECOPP I worked with Lothian Centre for Inclusive Living where I managed the Grapevine advice service, offering free advice and support to disabled people, people with long term conditions and older people.

I am especially interested in working with marginalised communities, primarily in relation to self-directed support, equalities, human rights and welfare reform in Scotland. I am a firm supporter of social justice related causes and believe that no one should be disadvantaged through lack of access to information and support.

In my spare time I enjoy travelling and hill walking around the world, and am a keen amateur photographer and unabashed tabletop game enthusiast.

Email: callum@mecopp.org.uk

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DAVID RAINEY

Is the Finance Officer for MECOPP and is based in the office in Edinburgh.

I joined MECOPP in September 2013 and am responsible for supporting the finance function of the organisation. Together with the finance assistant, I ensure the organisation receives funding when it is due. Managing cash flow is critical to enable MECOPP to pay its bills on time, pay staff salaries and generally to remain solvent. I am a part qualified accountant, and have a solid background in charity finance. For many years I worked as Finance Officer for a charitable Scottish Housing Association. Originally from Belfast I have lived and worked in England, Holland, Crete and Israel before making my home in Scotland. Married, with three children, I am interested in environmental issues and enjoy the countryside.

Email: david@mecopp.org.uk

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DONNA LAWRIE

Is the Gypsy/Traveller Development Worker for Edinburgh and Lothians.

I came to MECOPP in June 2015 to provide a few weeks maternity cover and I’m still here! I am responsible for supporting Gypsy/Traveller carers throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. I previously worked as a Youth Development Worker with young Gypsy/Travellers across Scotland and also worked for a charity supporting young people involved in the criminal justice system. I have a degree in Community Education (specialising in Youth Studies). In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and running (very slowly!). 

Email: donna@mecopp.org.uk

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JENNIFER PATON

Is the Legal Officer (Dementia) for the 3 R's Project

I joined MECOPP in May 2017 as the second Legal Officer. I studied Law at the University of Aberdeen, and have been a qualified Solicitor since 2015. Prior to joining MECOPP, I worked for a Law Centre where I provided legal advice and representation to people with mental ill health, their relatives and their carers. I am originally from the Highlands of Scotland, and have lived in Edinburgh since 2013. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, sewing, baking, and tracking down Edinburgh's best tea and cake!

Email: jennifer@mecopp.org.uk

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JENNY CHAN

Is a Chinese Carers Support and Development Worker

I joined MECOPP in October, 2018 after leaving for a few years as I was an outreach and development worker in East, mid and West Lothian for MECOPP in 2011-2012.

I was a registered nurse and midwife worked mainly in Accident & Emergency Dept in Hong Kong. I came to Edinburgh in 1995 and started to connect with Chinese communities as a volunteer, worked in part-time jobs and developed a big passion in Chinese community work. I had worked as Chinese Linkworker in MEHIP (now known as MEHIS) in NHS Lothian for years. Then I studied Interpretation & Translation and I have been working as an interpreter for City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian, speaking both Cantonese and Mandarin.

I studied counselling skills and some part-time courses about relationship, marriage, child development and psychology.

While I am not working, I like reading, listening to music, watching news, volunteering in meeting and caring for Chinese overseas students who came abroad from their own countries.

Email: jenny@mecopp.org.uk

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JILL LASPA

Is the SDS Development Worker

I joined MECOPP in October of 2018 on a term basis to fill the role of Self-Directed Support (SDS) Development Worker. Originally from Winnipeg, Canada, I most recently worked as a Hospital Social Worker after graduating with my Bachelor of Social Work in 2014 from the University of Manitoba. I also have experience providing direct care support to individuals with learning disabilities. My passion and enthusiasm for social change led me to pursue a Master’s degree in Social and Public Policy at the University of Leeds from 2017-2018. Having recently relocated to Edinburgh, I am now keen to engage with local Minority Ethnic communities to raise awareness surrounding SDS and to ensure individuals are receiving the support they need. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, dining out, and travelling to new places.

Email: jill@mecopp.org.uk

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KAVITA CHAND BAM

Is the South Asian Development Officer for MECOPP and is based in the office in Edinburgh.

I am originally from India and came to live in the UK in 2010.  I am a graduate in Business Administration and Finance (Commerce as they say in India). I joined MECOPP in February 2013 as a Finance Assistant to give support to the Finance Officer in day to day financial tasks within the organization. Prior to joining MECOPP, I worked as a Stall Manager for the Edinburgh Mela and gained good experience working with South Asian communities. I have also been a volunteer for SCORESCOTLAND and MECOPP. I took over a new post as South Asian Development Officer in August 2015 and work part time on the post providing support to South Asian Carers. My interest and hobbies include dancing, cooking, meeting people from different backgrounds and spending time with family and friends.

Email: kavita@mecopp.org.uk

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LUCY ARNOT 

Is the Gypsy/Traveller Development Worker for Perth and Kinross and north Argyll. I came to MECOPP in July 2013 after six years in the NGO sector in London, and am responsible for supporting Gypsy/Traveller carers throughout Perth and Kinross and north Argyll. With a Masters degree in Anthropology, I am passionate about working with and for marginalised communities, and have worked with a variety of different groups both at home and overseas.  I have also worked in various caring roles, both as a volunteer and as a formal carer, giving me a good understanding of carers’ needs and the issues they face. When I’m not working, you can find me cycling, running, knitting or attempting to play the ukulele!  

Email: lucy@mecopp.org.uk

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MICHELLE COUP (CURRENTLY ON MATERNITY LEAVE)

Is the SDS Development Officer for the South Asian Community 

I started working at MECOPP in the role of SDS Development Officer for the South Asian Community in October 2015, having just returned to my homeland after living and working in NZ for 7 years.

I have worked in the area of social care for a lot of years and I’m very passionate about people having the same rights, opportunities and experiences as everyone else in society.  This passion has seen me challenge many people, including a Premier League football club!  My time in this sector has seen me work in many different areas of social care including, community, residential and rehabilitation services; Assessment and Service Coordination for over 65’s and for people with disabilities; writing processes and implementing policies for disability services; dealing with complaints about health and disability services – working alongside the Commission; and providing training and education sessions for health and social care workers.  I have just completed a Post-Graduate Diploma in Social Care provision. 

During my time in NZ I developed liking for rugby, drinking wine and participating in cooking competitions with friends.  I also enjoy travelling, going to exhibitions, concerts and other events and spending time with my family (particularly my two gorgeous nieces) and friend, and watching my local team St Johnstone. 

Email: michelle.c@mecopp.org.uk

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PETER ROSS

Is the Community Arts Worker for the MECOPP Gypsy/Traveller Carers  Project. 

As well as finding out what people from the Gypsy/Traveller community are interested in creating, I am responsible for facilitating their creativity, organising arts workshops, exhibitions and residential creative events. 

I have been working with people from the Gypsy/Traveller community in Scotland for over 20 years, creating and facilitating exhibitions, producing videos and working with community members to challenge stereotypes and discrimination. 

After leaving school I studied photography at Napier University (then college) and was a freelance photographer before moving into video production. Over 20 years later I gained a Masters in Social Anthropology from The University of Edinburgh. I am passionate about, and committed to, using my creative skills to bring marginalised voices to the public and to the decision makers.

Email: peter@mecopp.org.uk

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PHIL WAKELY

Is the Legal Officer for the 3 R's Project

I joined MECOPP in April 2018 as a Legal Officer, having moved to Edinburgh from my hometown of Cardiff.  I studied English Literature and Language at the University of Leeds, and after returning to education to study law at the College of Law, Chester, I qualified as a Solicitor in 2001. Prior to joining MECOPP, I spent 4 years working for Citizens Advice and prior to that I worked in private practice where I specialised in Immigration, Asylum and Public Law.  In my spare time, I enjoy travel, music, (I play drums) and attempting to cook for my family, (they’re very forgiving, thankfully!)

Email: philip@mecopp.org.uk

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SALMAN ALI

Is the Self Directed Support Community Broker

I joined MECOPP in October 2018 in the role of SDS Community Brokerage for the South Asian Community, after an amazing year of travel in Europe and Asia. 
I am originally from Kathmandu, Nepal and moved to Edinburgh, Scotland in 2012 with my wife who I met in Nepal. Since moving to Edinburgh, I have always worked in care sector, in the community supporting people with learning and physical disabilities. Here I have realised my passion for caring for others. Growing up in Nepal, where disability rights and services are non-existent, I feel I have a greater appreciation for what people have available in the UK. However, there is evidence of challenges faced by the Black and Minority Ethnic Communities to acquire the social services. This then inspires my passion for developing my knowledge and skills in this field so that I can promote the best outcomes for the supported people in the BME community. 

In my spare time, I like to do wall art, spray painting and projection art. I love adventure sports particularly sky diving, bungee jump and white water rafting.  

Email: salman@mecopp.org.uk

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SIUBHAN O’ROURKE 

Is the Gypsy/Traveller Development Worker for North and Mid Argyll

I have just joined MECOPP and will be providing maternity leave cover.  My role will be to work with and support Gypsy/Traveller carers across the North Argyll and Mid Argyll areas.

I studied at the University of Strathclyde and graduated in 2001 with a degree in Community Education.  Since graduating I have worked mainly in support work, with young people, adults and families affected by homelessness and related issues. Before joining MECOPP, I worked for Carr Gomm as a Housing Support Worker, supporting people who were homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.   Prior to that, I worked as a Project Worker in a supported accommodation and outreach project for young people and young parents experiencing housing difficulties and homelessness.

When I’m not at work I like to be outdoors, hill walking, cycling or running.   I also love live music and very much enjoy going to concerts and music festivals. 

 Email: siubhan@mecopp.org.uk

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SUZANNE CHONG

Is the Chinese Dementia Support Worker of the ‘Chi Sin, Chi Mei’ Project and the Development Worker of the Cancer Screening Project

After leaving for over a year, I am back to MECOPP’s big family. I have been doing project development work for charity organisations in Scotland for more than eight years and I first joined MECOPP in 2013. Trained as a fine artist and a museum professional in the UK, I also work freelance as an artist, community curator and art educator along with my project development work. I am originally from Hong Kong and therefore a native Cantonese speaker. Prior to my experience in the UK, I had worked as a news reporter and a qualified school teacher when I was in Hong Kong.

My academic background is very diverse as I take an interest in a lot of different things in the world. When I am not working, I enjoy cooking, eating, gardening, painting, reading, swimming, taking photographs, travelling, visiting museums and doing yoga.

Email: suzanne.c@mecopp.org.uk

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YUEN MAN ROWBOTTOM 

Is the Chinese Development Officer for the ‘Jump Start’ project. My role is to help individuals to identify their health concerns and provide support to help them to achieve longer term health gains.

I am originally from Hong Kong but settled in Edinburgh in 2001. I gained my nursing degree and trained and worked in Cardiac Intensive Care Unit for many years. Since I came to Edinburgh I mainly worked in Health and Social Care sectors in various BME organizations providing help with day centre, lunch club, advocacy and care at home service.


Email: yuenman@mecopp.org.uk

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